Data Protection Information
– Global Benchmarking Network-
Global Benchmarking Network is a project of the Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology
As the party responsible for the data processing (controller), we process the personal data collected via our website and store them for the period, which is required to achieve the specified purpose and to comply with the statutory requirements. The following text informs you of the data we collect and the way we process the collected data. We also inform you on your data privacy rights as they pertain to the use of our website.
Pursuant to Article 4 No. 1 GDPR, personal data are all data referring to a specific or identifiable natural person.
1. Scope of this Agreement
This data protection information shall apply to the project website located at https://www.globalbenchmarking.org/home-global-benchmarking-network/and all services we offer in context with this project, if we refer to this data protection information.
2. Name and contact information of the person who signs responsible for processing and the appointed data security officer
Controller as defined in Article 4 No. 7 GDPR:
zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. [Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research]
Hansastraße 27 c,
80686 München [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]
Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology,Pascalstraße 8-9, 10587 Berlin
(in the following referred to as Fraunhofer IPK)
Telephone: +49 30 39006-0
Fax: +49 30 391 1037
You can reach the Data Protection Officer at Fraunhofer at the above address c/o Data Protection Officer or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to contact the data protection officer directly at any time with your questions concerning your data protection rights and/or your rights as affected person.
3. Processing of Personal Data and Purposes of the Data Processing
a) During Your Website Visit
You have the choice to access our website without revealing your identity. In this case, the active browser on your computing device sends nothing but the automatic information about itself to the server of our website to enable the connection. This includes the browser type and version and the date and time of access. Included in the transmitted data is also the IP address of your device. Our server stores this IP address in a log file and deletes it automatically after approximately 30 days.
We process the IP address for technical and administrative purposes when we establish a stable connection between your device and our server. This ensures the security and functional reliability of our website. In the event an attacker tries to harm our system, the stored data allow us to trace the illegitimate activity.
The legal foundation for processing the IP address is Article 6 para. 1. lit. f GDPR. We have legitimate interests in maintaining the security of our website and in providing trouble-free website services as outlined above.
Processing the IP address of the requesting device in our log file does not allow us to draw direct conclusions on the identity of the website visitor.
b) Registration to the in-house Newsletter
Only if you have explicitly agreed to it pursuant to 6 para. 1, page 1 lit. a GDPR, we will use your email address to send our regular newsletters to you. The newsletters contain information on our institute and other facilities and events of the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer e.V.).
After you have subscribed to our newsletter, we will email a subscription confirmation to you. You must confirm the receipt of this email to receive our newsletter. This procedure is known as double opt-in procedure. For us, your email response serves as confirmation that you are in fact the person who subscribed to our newsletter.
You may opt out of receiving our newsletter at any time. At the end of each newsletter, you will find an unsubscribe link, which makes opting out easy. Alternatively, feel free to send your unsubscribe request by email: gbnsecretary(at)ipk.fraunhofer.de.
Once we have received your cancellation of the newsletter subscription, we will immediately delete your email address from our newsletter distribution list.
4. Transfer of Personal Data to Third Persons
We transfer your personal data to third parties only under the following circumstances:
- You have consented to the transfer explicitly as prescribed in Article 6 para. 1, page 1, lit. a GDPR
- We entered into a contract with you, and the transfer is necessary to execute the contract as prescribed in Article 6 para. 1, page 1, lit b GDPR
- According to Article 6 para. 1, page 1, lit. c GDPR and according to applicable law, we are obligated to transfer the data to a specific third party.
The third party/third parties shall use the transferred data for the specified purpose exclusively.
The transmission/transfer of personal data to a country outside the EU or to an international organisation is prohibited.
We use server-side cookies. Cookies are small files, which are automatically created by the browser of the user device and stored in your device (PC, laptop, tablet, smart phone or similar device) when you visit our website. Cookies do not harm your computer, and they do not contain viruses, Trojans or other malware.
Cookies contain information pertaining to the specific device, which accessed our website. However, this does not give us direct knowledge of your identity.
We also use temporary cookies to optimise the user-friendliness of our website. Your device stores these cookies temporarily for a specific time. The next time you visit our website, our server recognises your device as prior visitor and remembers your settings and preferences. You will not have to enter these parameters again.
The data obtained with the help of cookies serve our legitimate interests and the legitimate interests of third parties according to Article 6 para. 1, page 1 lit. f GDPR.
Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you are able to configure your browser in such a way that the application does not store cookies on your computer or always shows an alert before storing new cookies. However, the complete exclusion of cookies may prevent you from using all functions on our website.
a) Google Analytics
- the Browser type and version
- the Operating system of your device
- the Referral URL (the website you visited prior to ours)
- the Host name of the requesting computer (IP address) and
- the time of the server request
will be transmitted to and stored on the server of the Google Inc. in the USA. Google complies with the Data Protection Regulations of ‘US Privacy Shield’ and is registered with the US Privacy Shield Program of the US Department of Trade. In addition, we entered into an order processing contract for the use of Google Analytics Services. By signing this contract, Google agrees to process the data in compliance with the data protection regulation and to protect the rights of the affected persons.
The collected data serve the following purposes: Usage evaluation of the platform services, website activity reporting and performance of further services in context with the website use, Internet use and the use of services for market research and to improve the design of the Fraunhofer Internet pages.
If necessary or appropriate, the data may be transmitted/transferred to third parties providing this is required by law or in case third parties are commissioned to process the data. Under no circumstances will Google commingle your IP address with other data processed by Google. The IP addresses are anonymised so that an association with your computer will be impossible (IP masking).
You are able to change the browser settings to the effect that cookies will not be installed. However, if you prevent the installation of cookies, you may not be able to use all functions of our website.
Furthermore, downloading and installing a browser add-on prevents the collection of cookie-generated data referring to your use of websites (including your IP address) as well as the processing of your data by Google. [A3]
You may want to click on this link if you are looking for an alternative to the browser add-on to prevent Google Analytics from collecting data. This is a particularly good choice for browsers on mobile devices. This results in the installation of an opt-out cookie. Google Analytics will not collect your data the next time you visit this website. The opt-out cookie works only in this browser and only for our platform. The opt-out cookie resides in your cookie folder. Every time you delete the cookies in this folder, you have to reinstall the opt-out cookie. [A4]
b) LeadLab (wiredminds GmbH)
For our website, we use the Leadlab service of the service providerWiredminds GmbH and the company’s pixel counting technology to analyse the habits of our website users. The analysis helps us to optimise our website. This service tells us in particular what companies visit our website. However, we do not receive any information, which identifies specific companies.[A6]
Without your specifically given explicit consent, neither Wiredminds nor we use the so collected data to identify you personally, and your personal data are never commingled with data under a pseudonym associated with you.
To the extent that the web analysts collect IP addresses, these addresses are stripped of their last control number block upon collection to anonymise the addresses instantly.
We process the data based on our legitimate interest in optimising our online web offers and Internet presence according to Article 6 para.1, lit. f GDPR. Wiredminds processes our website data on our behalf. We have entered into an order-processing contract with the WiredmindsCompany. By signing this contract, the Wiredminds Company agrees to process the data on our behalf and in compliance with the data protection regulations. Wiredminds also agrees to protect the rights of the affected persons.[A8]
In case you reject the collection of data and the analysis of your user activities, please use our opt-out cookie to prevent the installation of our cookies. This results in the installation of an opt-out cookie. This will prevent the collection of your data when you visit our website the next time. The opt-out cookie works only in this browser and only for our website. The opt-out cookie resides in your cookie folder. If you delete the cookies in the computer’s cookie folder, you have to install the opt-out cookie again.
On our website, we use the open source software Matomo of InnoCraft Ltd, New Zealand, to analyse the activities of our website visitors. We use the overall analysis to optimise our website design and content. However, we do not receive any information, which identifies specific companies. [A9]
Without your specifically given explicit consent, neither Wiredminds nor we use the so collected data to identify you personally, and your data are never commingled with your personal data, which can be associated with a pseudonym associated with you.
To the extent that the web analysts collect IP addresses, these addresses are stripped of their last control number block upon collection to anonymise the addresses instantly.[A10]
We process the data based on our legitimate interests in optimising our online web offers and Internet presence according to Article 6 para.1, lit. f GDPR.
7. Social Plug-ins
We use social plug-ins (media buttons, media boxes) on our website. These are small box-like buttons. Click on them to place the content of our website under your profile in social network sites.
If you click on such a button, a link will be established between our website and the social network to which you subscribe. Aside from the respective content, the social network provider will receive other personal information. This includes the information that you visit our website at that time.
For the integration of the social plug-in, we use the Shariff Solution. This solution by c’t and Heise prevents your device from creating a link to the social network merely because you visit a website featuring a social plug-in button without clicking on it. This means, our website transmits information to the social network site only after you have clicked on the media button.
We use the following social media plug-ins:
a) Facebook Sharing of Facebook Ireland Limited
Sometimes, information is transmitted to the US domicile of the parent company Facebook Inc. Twitter complies with the Data Protection Regulations of ‘US Privacy Shield’ and is registered with the US Privacy Shield Program of the US Department of Trade.
Purpose and scope of the data collection and further processing and use of the data by Facebook and your user rights in your relationship with Facebook as well as your ability to influence your privacy rights by changing your browser settings are subject to your privacy agreement with Facebook.
b) Twitter Sharing by the Twitter International Company
Sometimes, information is transmitted to the parent company Twitter Inc. with its domicile in the USA. Twitter complies with the Data Protection Regulations of ‘US Privacy Shield’ and is registered with the US Privacy Shield Program of the US Department of Trade.
For further information on the data protection provided by Twitter please read the Twitter Data Protection Statement.
c) Google+ Sharing by Google LLC
Google complies with the Data Protection Regulations of ‘US Privacy Shield’ and is registered with the US Privacy Shield Program of the US Department of Trade.
For further information on the data protection provided by Google please read the Google Data Protection Statement.
d) Xing Sharing by Xing SE
For further information on the data protection provided by Xing please read the Xing Data Protection Statement.
e) Pinterest Sharing of the Pinterest Europe Ltd.
For further information on the data protection provided by Pinterest please read the Pinterest Data Protection Statement.
Based on the agreement according to Article 6 Para. 1, page 1 lit. f GDPR, we use components (videos) of YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Avenue, 94066 San Bruno, CA (USA) (in the following referred to as ‘YouTube’), a company of Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, 94043 Mountain View (USA), (in the following referred to as ‘Google’).
In the process, we use the ‘extended data protection mode’ option provided by YouTube.
Upon requesting an Internet page with embedded video, our website connects to the YouTube servers and renders the content on the Internet page using your browser.
According to the information provided by YouTube, in the ‘extended data protection mode’, your data will be transmitted to the US YouTube servers only while you watch the video. The transmitted data include the Internet page you just viewed and device-specific data including your IP address. By clicking ‘run’ on the video, you agree to this mode of transmission.
Should you be logged into your YouTube account at the same time, YouTube will associate these collected data with your member account. You are able to prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.
Google complies with the Data Protection Regulations of ‘US Privacy Shield’ and is registered with the US Privacy Shield Program of the US Department of Trade.
For further information on the data protection provided by Google in connection with the use of YouTube, please read the Google Data Protection Statement.
9. Your Rights as Affected Person
You have the right
- According to Article 7 para. 3 GDPR, you have the right to revoke any consent declaration at any time, which you have given to us before. This has the consequence that we are no longer privileged to continue the respective activity.
- According to Article 15 GDPR, you have the right to demand information on your personal data, which we have processed. In particular, you have the right to information on the following: Purposes of the data processing – The categories of personal data – the categories of recipients to which we transmitted/disclosed or will transmit your data – the planned storage periods of data – the existence of the right to correction, deletion, restriction of processing and objection – the right to appeal – the right to know the origin of data in the event that we did not collect these data – the right to meaningful and detailed information on the existence of automated decision-making including profiling
- According to Article 16 GDPR, you have the right to the correction of incorrect and/or the completion of incomplete personal data in storage at the Fraunhofer Society
- According to Article 17 GDPR, you have the right to the deletion of your personal data providing the deletion does not interfere with the execution of the right to the free expression of opinions and with the compliance with legal obligations, providing the deletion is not against public interest and providing the deletion does not hamper the enforcement, execution or defence of legal claims
- According to Article 18 GDPR, you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data if you contest or challenge the accuracy of these data, the processing of the data is illegal but you reject the deletion of these data and we no longer need the data while you still need the data to enforce, execute or defend legal claims or you have raised an objection against the data processing according to Article 21 GDPR
- According to Article 20 GDPR, you have the right to receive the personal data you provided to us in a structured, well-established and machine-readable format or to demand the transmission to another authority and
- According to Article 77 GDPR, you have the right to complain to a superior authority. As a rule, you may find such authority at your place of residence, your workplace or our company domicile.
Information on your Right of Objections according to Article 21 GDPR
You have the right to object at any time against the processing of your personal data, based on Article 6 para. 1, lit. f GDPR (data processing in the public interest) and Article 6, para. 1, lit. e GDPR (data processing based on fair balancing) for reasons, which arise from your specific situation. This shall also apply to the profiling as prescribed by Article 4 No. 4 GDPR, which is supported by this provision.
Once you file an objection, we will no longer process your personal data, unless we can establish compelling evidence, which is worthy of protection and outweighs your interests, rights and privileges, or unless the processing serves the enforcement, exercise or defence of legal claims.
To the extent that your objection addresses the processing of data for direct advertising, we will stop the processing immediately. In this case, citing a special situation is not required. This shall also apply to profiling in as far as it relates to such direct advertising.
If you like to claim your right to object, an email todatenschutz(at)zv.fraunhofer.de will suffice.
10. Data Security
We transmit all your personal data using the generally used and secure encryption standard TLS (Transport Layer Security). The TLS protocol is a proven and secure standard. Bankers use the standard for online banking transactions. You recognise a secure TLS connection by the s following the http (https://…) in your browser URL or by the lock symbol in the lower section of your browser.
By the way, we use suitable technical and organisational safety procedures to protect your data against inadvertent or wilful manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or against the unauthorised access by third parties. We constantly improve these security measures as the technology advances.
11. Amendments to the Data Security Information and its Timeliness
This data protection information as amended in 2018 is currently applicable.
Due to improvements of our website and website offers or based on statutory or government standard, it may become necessary to amend this data protection information. You find the latest applicable data protection information by clicking the link on the following website
You may read or print this updated and amended version at any time.